Posted: January 21 2016
From left: Simon Whitworth, Treasurer of the Friends, Roger Huggins, Chairman of the Friends, David Whitten, physiotherapist, Antonietta Liguori and Margaret Huggins, Secretary to the Trustees.
The Friends of Danesbury and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, has announced its latest contribution to benefit patients, with equipment including a treadmill, a mobile arm support and adapted food plates and cutlery.
Roger Huggins, chairman for the Friends, said: “We have a charity shop in Welwyn which is very well supported by the community. We raise our funds through this which are then put towards items that staff at the hospital request.”
The treadmill worth around £10,000 has an added advantage as a Gait Trainer – a model which can produce diagnostic feedback so staff can record and show patients their progress throughout rehabilitation.
David Whitten, physiotherapist, said: “The treadmill is a welcomed addition to our rehab facilities. Stroke patients in particular are at risk of having reduced cardiovascular fitness. A key component of rehab is improving overall health and fitness.
“Using the treadmill will not only aid their fitness but boost their confidence if they have lost mobility or have cognitive impairment.
“This high-tech equipment can also alert us if a person’s step changes pattern, for example one foot dragging behind the other. This will allow us to address particular areas within their recovery.
“We are very grateful for the constant support of the Friends. With their help we are able to continue to improve the care we give our patients.”
Antonietta Liguori had a stroke in December 2015 and is receiving rehabilitation at Danesbury Neurological Centre. She was one of the first to use the new treadmill.
She said: “I could not ask for better care. The physiotherapy is excellent and has brought me back to life.”
In addition staff are delighted with the new plates and cutlery which can be adapted to meet individual needs.
Sharon Drury, rehabilitation assistant at Danesbury, said: “For patients with neurological impairment the smallest things make the biggest difference.
“We take eating our food with knives and forks for granted. Some people who have lost mobility in their arms or hands can really struggle with this. By having equipment which we can adapt to give patients their independence back is vital.
“We are very lucky to have the support of the Friends.”
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